SUBJECT: Medical Care (Supply of Medicines)
REL.: a. Law 5018/2023 (Government Gazette A’ 25, “Care for the personnel of the Armed Forces, rationalization of the legislation of the Armed Forces, organization of the National Guard and other provisions”)b. No. prot. 5562/29-12-2022 PFS document c. No. prot. 593/2023/POESd. PD 62/2023 (Government Gazette A’ 114, “Health care of the military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard – Hellenic Coast Guard, as well as their family members”) e. No. prot. 053/2023 document E.S.PE.E.N.P.A.
Despite the fact that our Federation constantly highlights serious problems, few of them are resolved, which is also proven by (d) related, which we will comment on in detail in the near future.
The Association of Military Regional Unity of Islands (E.S.PE.E.N.P.A.) with its (e) related document, which we are sending you as an attachment, brings to the fore complaints of PN executives regarding three issues:
a. The lack of medicines on the market which sometimes drives the executives to non-contracted pharmacies with the GES.
b. The impossibility of executing immaterial prescriptions (due to refusal) on payment, in pharmacies not contracted with the GES.
c. The (subject to conditions) pushing the executives to the entire supply of the medicines, without the possibility of reimbursement of the expenditure as stipulated. In short, in the indirect privatization of medical care since the other “possibility” is the non-supply of the medicine.
(b) the relevant document of the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association proves that the problem is neither unknown nor current. However, it appears that despite the granting of clarifications to all pharmacies, the problem remains, as is also confirmed by the growing protests of the military (in the first phase at least in Attica).
This fact raises two very serious questions, because it directly affects the crucial and constitutionally guaranteed right of the military to medical care:
• Is it possible that there are so many pharmacies that still do not accept the filling of prescriptions in this way despite the instructions of the PFS? • Is it ignorance, refusal to implement, or some internal (probably computer) systemic problem that occurs and forces pharmacies into such a practice?
With our (c) related document, we highlighted the actions that must be taken in the context of the implementation of article 21 of (a) related, regarding the possibility of supplying medicines from all pharmacies, regardless of the contract with the GES. The identified problems indicate the importance of solving the problem immediately, because the military become in practice second-class citizens, without immediate access to medicines for themselves and their families, despite the existing provisions.
Following the above, we ask for your actions to resolve the problem. We remain at your disposal for any clarification or information.
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